Oil on canvas, 48 x 64.5cm.
Mola was born in a region which is now part of Switzerland and moved to Rome with his artist father when very young. He trained in the studio of Cavalier d’Arpino (1568-1640) and later worked under Francesco Albani (1578-1660). He lived, and was active, mostly in Rome, though he also spent short periods in Venice and Bologna. He painted frescoes, the finest of which was for the Alexander VII gallery in the Quirinal Palace, but his best works were considered to be small scale paintings, especially landscapes.